FLORENCE – Giovanni Maggi died at 83 years old . It was the Fiorentina reserve goalkeeper who won the first championship in its history in 1956.
The purple fans remembered him with many posts published on social networks. Maggi was not the owner but was a precious locker room man.
Montuori and Julinho , two stars of Fiorentina of those years, chose him as sparring partner in the shots on goal at the end of the training.
Fiorentina won the first championship in its history in 1956, the story from Wikipedia.
Inter, passed in the summer into the hands of the oil entrepreneur Angelo Moratti, initially dominated the scene: the nerazzurri won 5 times in the first 6 days, finding themselves in command on 23 October 1955.
The defeats against Sampdoria and Lazio cost the Lombards the supremacy, immediately overtaken by Fiorentina.
In the span of a few weeks the Viola accumulated a good margin on the group of pursuers; among these, the newly promoted Lanerossi Vicenza stood out .
At the halfway point, on January 29, 1956, the Tuscans boasted 5 points more than the outgoing AC Milan champions.
The return group, initially marred by a heavy wave of cold and snow, saw the decision by the FIGC to direct the most important matches by Austrian referees, to avoid controversy.
Fiorentina's advantage over rivals, however, was such as to leave no room for decisive matches, so much so that on May 6 the lily team won its first championship 5 rounds in advance; the only misstep was on the last day, when he lost against Genoa: the previous defeat in the league in purple dated back to April 17, 1955 against Atalanta.
The Florentines closed the tournament with 12 points behind AC Milan, succeeding them in the roll of gold and in the qualification for the Champions League.
The two Venetians who had just landed in Serie A were saved, Lanerossi and Padova .
The first victory of a swinging Juventus came only on the eighth day; to correct the situation, the Agnelli family once again intervened, this time in the person of the young Umberto.
They were relegated to the Pro Patria, whose staff was not adequately strengthened after another last place the year before, and after six seasons in the top category the Novara.
Gino Pivatelli was the top scorer of the reborn Bologna, with 29 goals (source Wikipedia).
Source: Blitz Quotidiano